I’ve been reading worship blogs for a bunch of years and I get asked all the time from other worship leaders about great blogs to read for worship resources, worship tools or worship ideas. I think one of my favourite things about worship leaders is their desire to continue to learn, grow and be equipped to do a better job leading worship in their congregation.
There are literally hundreds or thousands of great worship blogs out there for worship leaders to be reading but let me share with you a few of my favourite sites that worship leaders should be following in each of these three categories: worship resources, worship tools and worship ideas.
These sites give you practical content for worship leaders which you can actually use as part of your services on Sunday morning.
WorshipHouseMedia - WHM has a great site for graphics and videos which worship leaders can use in services but their blog is a great spot where they feature seasonal content, free downloads and other worship resources you can use.
LoopCommunity – The guys at LoopCommunity provide top notch loops you can use as part of your worship song sets and their blog features training for Ableton, tips on introducing loops to your worship team and features on worship loop programmers.
Church Motion Graphics - Worship leaders are always on the lookout for worship song backgrounds and different graphic ideas. The guys at CMG have a great blog where they talk about new resources but also give tips on producing and using media for churches.
Worship Matters – Worship leaders, if you are not tracking with Bob Kauflin, you need to start. His site “Worship Matters” and the book of the same name are must reads to equip you in both practical and theological issues.
WorshipCentral – Based in the UK and featuring worship leaders like Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon and others, the WorshipCentral blog is full of really helpful articles, interviews and song stories for worship leaders. Make sure you also check out the WorshipCentral Course if you’re looking for worship team training material.
Church Stage Designs – Jonathan Malm has become an incredible hunter/gatherer of simple, manageable stage designs that any church can tackle. Whether you are looking for inspiration to get started with stage design or some clear examples of designs you can do, you want to read this blog.
Seeds – Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK has created one of the best worship ideas blogs out there thanks to Whitney George (@whitneygeorge) and the rest of the team. Whether it’s how to run rehearsals, kids’ programming, lighting ideas or strategies on taking everything to the next level, Seeds is the first place to look.
David Santistevan - David is a worship pastor in Pittsburgh and is pretty committed to writing and sharing resources for the local church worship leader. So now you know why I like him so much! Follow his blog and on twitter @dsantistevan and you’ll catch a ton of great content.
Bobby Gilles - I’ve posted about Bobby before and I feel like I tweet every one of his articles. He will help you think theologically about important issues related to worship leaders and has no shortage of real world wisdom. He has been a great encouragement to me, even from a distance. You can also track with Bobby on twitter @bobbygilles.
Stephen Brewster - Nobody has the mix of expertise, experience, excellence and cool quite like Stephen. He’s the creative director at Cross Point in Nashville and his blog is jammed full of inspiration, encouragement and more than a little kick-in-the-pants we need. Of course he’s on twitter too @b_rewster and it doesn’t hurt that he was born in Canada!
So I’ve shared my list with you, now what about you? What are your favourite resources, tools and ideas that help you do your job better? What’s out there that I and other worship leaders should know about?